Cookbooks and Magazines

Recommended Cookbooks

recommended cookbooks

I have never met a cookbook I didn’t like. There are some I turn to more often than others, but in general, I am a sucker for a cookbook. Some teach me new techniques; some show me gorgeous pictures of how I wish my cooking would turn out, and others inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and explore a new cuisines or ingredients. To help you choose the right cookbook, here’s a list of the cookbooks I find most useful and/or inspirational.

Cookbook Reviews

cookbook reviews

While there are many cookbooks that I highly recommend, I am always coming across new ones. Here is a collection of cookbooks that I have reviewed. Some are new classics like Michael Ruhlman’s The Making of a Chef, and some are niche-type cookbooks, such as Chef Liz Scott’s The Sober Kitchen about cooking without alcohol. I will keep adding to this page as I review more, and I hope you’ll find some books here that are of interest to you.



As much as I enjoy holding a bound book in my hands, sometimes it is much more convenient to own ebooks. These days, ebooks are available for kindles, nooks and ipads. You can even read them on your smart phones. This makes them extremely portable, and I like that the Tables of Contents are linked to the chapters. Here, you’ll find some ecookbooks that I’ve written as well as some others that I find very useful.

Cooking Magazines

cooking magazines

If you have a magazine subscription, the daily trip to the mailbox can be like your birthday. I love it when I get the latest volume of my favorite cooking magazines. Here is a list of some of my favorites, from the scholarly Cook’s Illustrated to the lavishly illustrated Bon Appetit and Food & Wine. I know you’ll be able to find a cooking magazine that fits your style and skill level. Then you too can experience fun trips to the mailbox!

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Ice Cream Sundays

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe On a recent trip to State College, PA, my wife stopped at Tait Farms to pick up some local products including a Strawberry Dark Chocolate Sauce that my daughter thought would be a great ingredient to try in a new gelato or ice cream. I also had some Dark […]

August 13, 2014 0 Comments
Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

How About Some Chocolate Ice Cream with a Bit of Trail Mix While I was down in the basement working out, I heard my youngest daughter upstairs in the kitchen preparing something.  My daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a walker to get around so I could hear the wheels rolling back and forth as […]

July 25, 2014 5 Comments
Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

 We Used Starbucks Hot Chocolate Mix For This One Maddie and I were thinking about making some homemade ice cream and since chocolate is her favorite, we thought we would give that a try. I looked in the recipe book that came with my new Cuisinart Ice Cream Gelato Maker and found a basic recipe […]

July 10, 2014 0 Comments
Strawberry Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Gelato Recipe

Fresh Seasonal Strawberries Make For Great Gelato By now you know I am the proud owner of a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker given to me by my neighbors Bob and Barbara for my recent birthday and I’ve been experimenting with it to learn how to make great homemade ice cream and […]

June 29, 2014 0 Comments
Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream & Gelato I celebrated a big birthday at the beginning of the month and my wife invited some friends over including my neighbor who gave me a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker (ICE-100) as a birthday present.  This past weekend, my youngest daughter and I put […]

June 20, 2014 5 Comments

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